An Italian priest has faulted the late tremors that have attacked the European nation as of late on gay common unions.
Father Giovanni Cavalcoli said the tremors which slaughtered hundreds and left many thousands destitute, were “divine discipline” for the unions, procuring the Vatican’s rage.
The scholar known for his strict perspectives, made the remarks on
October 30, the day central Italy was struck by a 6.6-magnitude quake – the most powerful to hit the country in 36 years according to Italian media.
It was the third major quake in the same region in just over two months.
Cavalcoli said on radio that the seismic shocks were “divine punishment” for “the offence to the family and the dignity of marriage, in particular through civil unions”.
The radio station however distanced itself from his views and late yesterday the Vatican issued a stinging rebuke, saying the idea of a vengeful God was “a pagan vision” dating from “the pre-Christian era”.
Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the number two in the Vatican’s powerful Secretariat of State, said Cavalcoli’s comments were “offensive to believers and disgraceful for non-believers”.
Becciu asked for forgiveness from quake victims and reminded them they had the “solidarity and support” of Pope Francis.
But Cavalcoli has refused to back down, insisting to another radio station that earthquakes are indeed caused by “the sins of man” and telling the Vatican to “read their catechism”.